By Ron Shirley
Crazier than a sack of rabid weasels?
Country as cornflakes?
Gooder than grits?
You guess he is!
Week after week, thousands of audience song in to Lizard Lick Towing to monitor Ron Shirley outsmart the fist-swinging, gun-toting fogeys whose autos he’s been employed to repossess. Staring threat within the face, Ron disarms them no longer together with his dimension or his power yet together with his wit—and in particular together with his trademark humorous sayings that experience become often called “Ronisms.”
In Lizard Tales, Ron takes readers on a side-splitting journey via his wacky, colourful existence. growing to be up and elevating heck within the Carolina countryside—where sushi remains to be known as “bait”—young Ronnie used to be recognized to gig frogs, mooch moonshine from his pops, hunt, and cruise the strip in Myrtle seashore. He keeps to get himself into hilarious scrapes and jams as an grownup by way of tarring a roof in the course of a lightning typhoon, inviting an offended deer onto his cousin’s brand-new boat, consuming (and fist-fighting) with a clergyman, matching wits along with his spouse, Amy, and working repo along with his sidekicks on the towing corporation. So chill, support your self to a couple ’shine (if you were given it), enable Ron let you know a few tales, and get ready your self to get licked!
From the alternate Paperback edition.
When a simple-talking, peanut-warehousing, grit-eating Southern Baptist Cracker obtained himself nominated for president of the us in 1976, it set Roy Blount Jr. to thinking—about the South, approximately southerners, and approximately southernness. the result's a suite of savagely humorous and insightful takes on redneck heaven, whiskey, blood, possums, and a lot of different things.
Blount turns his gimlet eye on his Dixie domestic, and within the strategy, he clears up long-held misconceptions (and creates new ones) in regards to the those that stay less than the Mason-Dixon line. Crackers delivers vintage Blount, even if you're a proud southerner or a clueless Yankee.
By Pete Dexter
In the Nineteen Seventies and Eighties, ahead of he earned nationwide popularity of his award-winning novels, Pete Dexter was once a newspaper columnist. a week, in a couple of hundred phrases, Dexter lower on to the center of the yankee personality at a time of nationwide turmoil and an important switch. With haunting urgency, his columns laid naked the violence, hypocrisy, and desperation he observed at the streets of Philadelphia and within the locations he visited around the state. yet he reveled, too, within the lighter aspect of his personal lifestyles, sharing scenes with the indefatigable Mrs. Dexter, their younger daughter, and a chain of unforgettable creatures who strayed into their lives. it doesn't matter what stuck Dexter's eye, it was once illuminated through his darkish, amazing humor.
Collected right here for the 1st time are eighty-two of the easiest of these spellbinding, finely wrought pieces—with a brand new creation through the author—assembled via Rob Fleder, editor of the bestselling Sports Illustrated fiftieth Anniversary Book. Paper Trails is searing, heart-breaking, and irresistibly humorous, occasionally unexpectedly. As Pete Hamill says in his foreword, those essays "are pretty much as good because it ever gets."
By Bo Burnham
A unusual and fascinating selection of hilariously absurd poetry, writing, and representation from one in all modern day hottest younger comedians...
"Like Walt Whitman, Bo Burnham has made the transition from an net comedy sensation to a soulful poet. No, now not that Walt Whitman. A diversified guy." - Conan O' Brien
Bo Burnham used to be a precocious youngster residing in his mom and dad' attic while he began posting fabric on YouTube. a hundred million humans considered these video clips, turning Bo into an internet sensation with an incredible and devoted following. Bo taped his first of 2 Comedy valuable specials 4 days after his 18th birthday, making him the youngest to take action within the channel's historical past. Now Bo is a emerging famous person within the comedy global, respected for his completely unique and clever voice. And, he can SIIIIIIIIING!
In EGGHEAD, Bo brings his model of brainy, emotional comedy to the web page within the kind of off-kilter poems, strategies, and extra. Teaming up along with his longtime good friend, artist, and illustrator probability Bone, Bo takes on every thing from demise to farts during this bizarre ebook that would make you think that, snigger and imagine, "why did I simply laugh?"
By Umberto Eco
In Kant and the Platypus, the popular semiotician, thinker, and bestselling writer of The identify of the Rose and Foucault’s Pendulum explores the query of ways a lot of our notion of items is predicated on cognitive skill, and what kind of on linguistic resources.
In six notable essays, Umberto Eco explores extensive questions of fact, conception, and event. Basing his principles on good judgment, Eco stocks an unlimited wealth of literary and historic wisdom, referring to concerns that impact us on a daily basis. straight away philosophical and a laugh, Kant and the Platypus is a travel of the area of our senses, advised via a grasp of realizing what's genuine and what's not.
“An erudite, special inquirity into the philosophy of mind . . . the following, Eco is continental thinker, semiotician, and cognitive scientist rolled all into one.” —Library Journal (starred review)
By Robb Walsh
On the Atlantic, the Pacific, and the Gulf coasts of the united states, in addition to the Canadian Maritimes, eire, England, and France, the writer ingests hundreds of thousands of oystersraw, roasted, barbecued, and bakedall for the sake of constructing a good comparability. He additionally considers the benefits of a large choice of accompanying libations, together with tart white wines in Paris, Guinness in Galway, martinis in London, microbrews within the Pacific Northwest, and tequila in Texas.
Sex, loss of life and Oysters is a checklist of a gastronomic event with illustrations and recipesa interesting choice of the main interesting, instructive, poignant, and simply undeniable bizarre reviews on a visit into the realm of the main cherished and feared of all seafoods.
By Mark O'Donnell
The name tale (as sweeping as any novel yet with no the aggravating size, extra glamorous than a miniseries yet with out advertisement interruption) follows a sad (not to provide whatever away) love triangle (an idealistic monitor goddess and her unshakable lovers—who occur to turn into the final presidents of the us) via a long time of (imaginary) American background.
Here is a few of what you’ll locate: in “Marred Bliss,” the fractured puns of a love quadrangle (“Maybe you’d particularly ram off along with her! She’s been attempting to lessen you for the reason that she received here”)…in “Diary of a Fan,” the diarist’s inner most innovations (“I observed Sigourney Weaver in the street this day. I pity her”)…in “The Whom of Kaboom,” a deadly cruise with Jack the Hipper, sculptor of the well-known Venus de Mylar…and in “A Tall Tale,” a gathering with America’s tallest tall-tale hero, Johnny enterprise, whose wealth calls for 3 robust males simply to conceive of.
Gasp for air, after which browse the highschool yearbook of the planets, find out about electrical energy from electrical energy itself, and detect Emily Dickinson, advertisements copywriter.
Vertigo Park is the newest from the wild workshop of Mark O’Donnell—a hands-on quantity for college kids of laughter everywhere.